Youthful Pakistan crush Australia by 66 runs in first T20

Youthful Pakistan crush Australia by 66 runs in first T20

Pakistan will hold on to top spot if they win at least one of the three matches in the series, so Australia will be pushing for a clean sweep.

Opener Babar Azam and spinner Imad Wasim gave Pakistan a 1-0 lead in the three-match series along with their biggest T20 victory over Australia when they demolished the tourists by 66 runs.

Faheem Ashraf (2-10) also did damage and it was left to Nathan Coulter-Nile (34) to get Australia up to what was their joint-third lowest T20 score of 89 all out.

Some lusty blows from Hasan Ali (17) in the final over, bowled by Nathan Coulter-Nile, helped Pakistan cross 150.

Imad Wasim, playing in his first worldwide match in almost a year caused havoc with his slow left-armers dismissing both openers in the first over and unveiling his new Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired celebration in the process. Mooney and Healy added 75 for the first wicket in just seven overs before Nashra Sandhu broke the unsafe stand.

Pakistan, being sent to bat first, scored 155/8 with Babar Azam scoring a half-century. "I had the responsibility to get us off to a good start and set-up the chase". Faheem Ashraf and Shaheen Afridi picked up two wickets each while Haasan Ali too chipped in with the key wicket of Ashton Agar, the second-highest scorer of the innings.

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Second-gamer Ben McDermott's nervous pursuit of a quick single ended in a run out to leave Australia 4-16, while Imad soon had his third wicket when luring Alex Carey into an edge with a delivery which deviated slightly and stayed low.

Since Sarfraz took over captaincy, Pakistan have won 23 of the 27 matches they have played - a momentum the skipper wants to maintain.

"That Powerplay was horrific.it was like a vehicle crash in slow motion", Finch said at the post-match press conference". We do have a lot of experience in them and some good players.

Billy Stanlake (3/21) and Andrew Tye (3/24) were in great form and it seemed like Pakistan had thrown away the advantage.

While talking about the tragic defeat, Finch said "That Powerplay was horrific...it was like a auto crash in slow motion", and added, "Opening the batting, it's my responsibility to get us off to a good start and set up the chase there".

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